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First Snow

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The first snow of the year demands snow balls: little choux pastry puffs the size of super balls stuffed with custardy chocolate cream and dusted with powdered sugar.

It is customary in Harlem to transport them southwards the length of Manhattan after such a snowfall, preferably by train. Then one should board a boat towards the nearest Ikea. Once ashore find the house with the biggest fireplace. This house will no doubt be owned by an Argentine artist who will produce large pieces of grilled beef from said fireplace accompanied by scotch whiskey and red wines.

The pile of a hundred-or-so snowballs should be pulled from the freezer when the lights lower a bit, the music swells and the milonga begins.

(I can’t talk right now, I’m licking this spatula.)


Written by etinnyo

January 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

Posted in Drink, Food, Holidays, New York

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  1. What a fascinating tradition! That certainly justifies the abandonment of the original flan plan. I wish that fête had been slightly less low-key from the milonga point of view, but I suppose I had best learn how to dance the tango before I go about putting in any demands for more tangoing.


    January 22, 2012 at 10:48 am

    • I can’t even imagine walking across snowy Red Hook in three-inch heels carrying a flan large enough for 25 people.
      And yes you should tango before making such demands.


      January 22, 2012 at 11:01 am

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